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Environment Washington Development Associate

Posted on: February 7, 2020

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Environment Washington – Save Our Orcas Campaign – Development Associate

Orcas in the Puget Sound are critically endangered. If we don’t act soon, they could go extinct within our lifetimes. One critical step to saving our orcas is to make sure their primary food source — Chinook Salmon — can reach the Sound where the orcas live. 

Thousands of Environment Washington members and a strong network of supporters feel passionately about saving the orcas, and Environment Washington’s team of organizers, advocates and researchers is ready to make their voices heard. To win this and other campaigns, we need to add a great storyteller to our development staff to give our work an even greater impact. 

The ideal candidate is passionate about protecting nature, believes in the power of building a community of supporters, and is a proven fundraiser who sees fundraising as a powerful way to advance change. 


Environment Washington protects the places we love, advances the environmental values we share, and wins real results for our environment. We have a long track record of working to protect and restore Puget Sound. We led the campaign to keep plastic out of the Sound with a ban on plastic bags in Seattle in 2012 — and just earlier this year, we worked to take that ban statewide.

Environment Washington is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America, which is part of the The Public Interest Network. Each of the 16+ groups in the Public Interest Network has its own mission, but the 500-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done.


As a Development Associate you’ll be part of the in-state advocacy team as well as part of our national team of dedicated development professionals team that deepens the financial and political support of Environment Washington’s members. 



  • Implement a monthly strategy of writing, calling and holding one-on-one meetings with current members and prospective donors to share stories of our campaign to Save Our Orcas and invite them to deepen their financial support. You’ll typically visit with approximately 35 members each month.


  • Meet specific weekly and monthly fundraising benchmarks, which are related to annual organizational fundraising goals so we can sustain and expand the Save Our Orcas campaign.


  • Follow up on outstanding pledges.


  • Identify house party hosts, and in some cases, plan and implement events.

Donor Stewardship:

  • Keep in touch with donors throughout the year, creating and sending at least six personalized updates.


  • Engage donors in program and organizational work, such as events or campaign actions.


  • Develop and implement customized cultivation strategies for top donors.  

Membership Development:

  • Work with our advocates to craft compelling stories that motivate members.


  • Relay the feedback of members you meet with back to the advocacy staff.


  • Implement daily, weekly and monthly systems for tracking income and expenses.


  • Implement required legal disclosures.


  • Maintain excellent notes on all contacts with and information about members and donors.


Environment Washington has a great training program. Development Associates participate in an intensive, paid training for the first week of the job, which is immediately followed by the first 1-month fundraising cycle. All associates take part in state, regional and national trainings and meetings throughout the year. There are opportunities for travel and advancement.


We are looking for change-makers. Qualified candidates will be smart and motivated college graduates who are passionate about making an impact believe in, love fundraising and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must demonstrate a track record of being able to effectively work independently, oversee significant projects, and exercise excellent judgement. Previous fundraising experience required.


Seattle, Washington


Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Compensation package will include opportunity to earn fundraising bonuses. Environment Washington offers a competitive benefits package. 


Please apply online by clicking here.

Environment Washington is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done. 

Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment Washington is an equal opportunity employer.


Seattle, WA


Environment America

Job category

Employment type
Full Time

0+ years


Start date
May 11, 2020

Apply by April 30, 2020